Live Journaling a Tough Mudder: Fire, Electrocution and More

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How do you top punishments like dressing in drag and walking in front of the White House with a sandwich board that says “I’m an author, please hire me?”

That’s easy! Run a Tough Mudder, and risk your health in one of the most rigorous challenge races out there.

[Author’s Note: I couldn’t justify a new Ducati.]

Over the next two days, I will be traveling and live journaling a trip to South Carolina to run a Tough Mudder with local DC ad exec and friend Scott Stephens. You can follow my live updates on Twitter and Google+.

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Before we fully get into the pain factor, while I decided against putting you through a full-on Punish Geoff Fundraiser, there is a charitable angle.

Tough Mudders raise awareness and monies for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured service members aid and assist each other. The Wounded Warrior Project also provides programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. If you feel so inclined, donate here.

The Pain

This Tough Mudder thing is no joke. It’s hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

Electrocution? Yes.

Freezing swim in 36 degree water? Yes.

Walk through fire? Yes.

And on and on.

Tough Mudder

Scott and I are running the race tomorrow. Our team is called the Beltway Bandits, the colorful term for local contractors working with the federal government.

This will be the most physically challenging day of my life.

Pray for us.

But it should be a boatload of fun, too!

[Author’s Note: Tough Mudders are for men in denial about middle age.]

Thank you for your support.

28 Replies to “Live Journaling a Tough Mudder: Fire, Electrocution and More”

  1. You’re one tough mudder anyway Geoff. And you smoke a mean cigar too. To your author’s note — I recently overcame my middle age denial, which thankfully excuses me from feeling any guilt about not competing in such a grueling competition. But I will make a donation…and pray for you too!

    1. Thank you so much, it was a blast, and I really appreciate your support as does Wounded Warriors, Paul. Day after means it is time for the victory cigar!

    1. If only she were younger, sigh. ;) Your British Special Forces are amazingly cunning when it comes to kicking Yankee butt.

  2. I will see you tomorrow! FYI: Tough Mudder is NOT for just for men: I am female, middle age (did I really just write that?) am running my SECOND Tough Mudder in SC tomorrow (Sunday) after a successful run in Tampa, FL in December 2011! I am so glad you ventured our way and I can’t wait to read your follow up on how it was. Mental strength is VERY important and the glory is worth the pain, every second of it. :)

    1. You are right, there were a lot of women running, and one actually saved my butt around mile 8. Good luck with your Tough Mudder Experience today!

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